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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 16, 2014
    50
    Hector is trying to say something true about a generation of quietly dissatisfied demi-adults who are terrified to take emotional risks. At least it left its comfort zone and tried.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 18, 2014
    40
    Hector wants to connect to our inner child, but it feels more like a long story from a good-hearted but dull grandparent.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Sep 18, 2014
    40
    Mr. Pegg, normally a live wire, makes an affable hero, but the movie often forces him into blandly earnest mugging.
  4. Reviewed by: Jamie Neish
    Aug 14, 2014
    20
    If there's a positive to be taken away from Hector and the Search for Happiness, it's that British cinema doesn't get much worse than this.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 26, 2014
    20
    Happiness means steering clear of Hector and the Search for Happiness.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 14, 2014
    20
    What distinguishes the film from last year’s backpacking adventure, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, apart from its lobotomised worldview and charred, corroded soul, are Hector’s philosophical musings – “people who are afraid of death are afraid of life,” is one – that pop up on screen in a handwritten font whenever a lesson has been learnt.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 17, 2014
    0
    Even with appearances by such dependable performers as Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer and Jean Reno, the interminable Hector and the Search for Happiness will most likely inspire audiences to search for the exit door.

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